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The mission of the NAFSL is to recruit former state legislators for membership and equip them with the resources needed to effectively connect with elected state legislators on constitutional federalism and strategies to check and balance the encroachment of the national government on state sovereignty.

  • Support and defend the U.S. Constitution and the State Constitutions

  • Establish (or nurture existing) working relationships with elected state legislators and, with deference, offer our experienced advice and counsel

  • Point out the civic obligations that are requisite for a true representative form of government to properly function

  • Base our assertions and arguments on the founding documents of our republic

NAFSL Objectives
  • Promote constitutional federalism and the significance of state sovereignty as defined by the 10th Amendment

  • Foster a dialogue to examine the attrition of balanced federalism and explore the devices and legislative opportunities available to address it

  • Advance the principle of representative governance with reference to the "Guarantee Clause" in the U.S. Constitution

  • Discuss the entrenched reliance that states have on national government largess, and the detrimental effect it has on state sovereignty


The overall strategy of the NAFSL is engage former and current state legislators through, but not limited to, educational programs and initiatives, conferences, workshops, symposiums, newsletters, issue briefs, research studies, media outreach, and personal contacts.

National Association of Former State Legislators
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